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  1. We've just finished Biology for the Logic Stage I liked the order of study, and the experiments were fairly easy to set up and do. Each week included an easy to label diagram and many supplemental readings and assignments. I added my own readings and videos and didn't follow the reading/writing suggestions, and we did our own summaries and outlines. I still thought the curriculum was well worth the money (I bought both the teacher and student e-book guides). My now 4th grader did the whole unit with us as well, and it was easy to modify for him. I just purchased the Earth Science for the Logic Stage. I just wanted to add that this curriculum aligned with my goals for middle school science: To keep a science notebook To set up and execute an experiment without much parent input To go through the steps of the scientific method, writing them down during the process To be exposed to different science concepts and discover how they are interconnected To come to conclusions about scientific concepts To learn new vocabulary
  2. Preach it! And original poster, stand your ground and fight it. Keep asking for managers and go up the chain of command if you need to. Don't expect the doctor to change the code as he's not the one who inputs it. Ask for the manager of the department. I have dealt with this for years, and I even got the VP of the hospital involved for one issue.
  3. Just an aside... My library has many of these magazines for check out through the digital library. Maybe yours does, too!
  4. I agree with this. We used it this past year along with our history of ancients. We tied it in with math and geography, too, as there are chapters about longitude and latitude as well as the Pythagorean theorem. My boys, ages 9 and 11, both enjoyed learning how the human knowledge of science grew. There are no hands on experiments as this really is a history text. It's well written, and the chapters are pretty short. I think the text makes more sense when read in historical context, but you certainly could still gain a lot just reading it on its own. I guess one could use the book as a guide to create science lessons/experiments based on certain chapters, assuming you use the term science broadly. There could be hands on experiments/projects about math theories, building design, geography, etc. The quality of a course like this would really depend on the teacher and his or her skill at designing something like this. You really need to decide if you want your child to take a structured, traditional science course or something that may be a bit more unconventional and not technically a science experiment focused course at all.
  5. My library has a page on its website listing all of the electronic resources they offer to patrons. I just clicked the site from there and used my library account number to create an account. Both kanopy and hoopla have apps you can download for free and install on your phone or tablet. We have them installed on our tablet, and that's how we watch.
  6. Yes, very similar to hoopla. I just discovered it about a month ago. There are some amazing titles on it, including documentaries of all kinds. We use both hoopla and now kanopy for tv since we don't own one. Billy Nye and Inspector Gadget are on hoopla. Love it!
  7. The book began a little slow for me, and I kept wondering where the story was going to go. It picked up for me after Nishioka realized he had changed. I guess that was the aspect of the story that I liked so much, the ability for people to be changed forever by something or someone that they didn't even realize was altering them. The work to create the dictionary and the time spent with others in that environment impacted everyone in different ways. I always enjoy reading about how people's lives are impacted by others, even in a fictional story.
  8. Good advice. We're just starting sixth with the oldest, and Rethinking School couldn't have come out at a better time for me. It's an easy read with such great little nuggets that remind me to reevaluate and think about the overall goal of learning and education. We've continued to homeschool because of the freedom it allows, and her book reminded me how different educational choices can be, and how we can continue to educate at home without being afraid to do it outside of the box.
  9. I make a review page that my kids do each day outside of math time. I write 2-5 problems they need extra practice with in a notebook for each child. I've been doing this for about 2 years now, and it's working pretty well to keep concepts in mind. Also, slow down if you need and take longer to cover the material. There's no rush to finish. Understanding the concept is key. Fractions and area and perimeter come back around in level 5 of Singapore.
  10. At first I just thought it was the obvious river he crossed in the dark to get to China, but I guess it could be more. Maybe his life is like a meandering river trying to make its way to the sea where something less oppressive and bigger might exist. He wants so much to break free of the confining "banks" surrounding his life, but he cannot. His life was shrouded in darkness, despair and hunger. And even after he escaped, his life still continued to be shrouded in darkness and meander like a river. He never made out to the sea.
  11. This quote spoke to me as well. He truly had no power to change anything for himself or his family. And the desperation to just survive was ever-present in his life. He tried so hard to provide for his family when there just was little to nothing to provide.
  12. Yes, this exactly. The writing style was just as his life. It's like the words were simply tools to tell his story, just like he was a tool of the society in which he lived. He had no free will; he wasn't allowed to make his own choices. He was just a cog in the system, a tool whose sole purpose was to perform a function intended to benefit the whole.
  13. I was wondering about this, too. And I also wondered if things have changed at all for those who are living at the bottom of the social structure like the author. Have things changed at all in North Korea with the advancements in technology or are things still the same for most people? And what about the work camps. Weren't the three detainees who were just released from North Korea in work camps? It seems to me the author wouldn't have much hope about talks because they seem so irrelevant to bringing an end to any of the suffering of regular people.
  14. I have always tried to differentiate between writing and the physical act of writing. My 5th grader "writes" (dictates to me) long narrations, but he physically writes 3-4 sentence summaries. He's now working on physically writing full paragraphs. I follow TWTM, but I've modified the actual physical writing over the years. I think my almost 12 year old is now ready to do more physical writing, and I think he's mentally ready, too. All the oral narration, dictation work, note taking, grammar practice, and outlining has prepared him well.
  15. This was my thought, too. I wanted so much for him to be reunited with his family, but I sort of knew that once he crossed into China, there would be no reunion ever with his family. He had so much hope, but as his story unfolded, I began to see how impossible it was going to be for him to do anything to save his family. Are people ever allowed to leave North Korea? (I'm showing my naivete about this here.) I was struck with how difficult his life was once he returned to Japan. He was a citizen of nowhere, with no family to give him support of any kind. I just couldn't believe that he lived such a sad life, risked so much escaping, and then went on to continue to live a sad life. He suffered so much. I honestly don't know how he found the mental strength to go on.
  16. Just want to encourage you by saying you can do it! I'm sort of doing the same thing, only I'm tutoring the 3 school age children in an Arabic speaking household and the mother joins in (she sounds a lot like the woman you are describing). It's a little crazy, but it's been fun. I read a story, we read phonograms, play word games, read simple stories, and then talk and read words from the Arabic/English dictionary. I visit them once a week for about an hour and a half. I try to remember that I'm only there for a short period of time, so most of the learning has to be done by them. I leave them homework, help them get books from the library, tell them about programs they can use to learn English, and encourage them to do whatever they can to learn English. But then I don't get discouraged if there is no progress week to week because they aren't practicing. It's ok. If nothing else, I'm a friend who comes back every week to check in and just be there. I guess what I'm saying is, the impact you make on this woman may not be what you expect, and that's just fine. Do what you can and leave the rest up to her.
  17. We've had an Ektorp corner couch for 11 years with two kids and two dogs. It has held up remarkably well. The covers are easy to wash in the washing machine. I guess the cushions are somewhat compressed, but I don't really notice. The back cushions have gotten squashed down over the years, but just the ones the 20 pound dog likes to sit on. I've compensated by rolling up a few old towels and placing them inside the slip cover, just under the cushion. Problem solved!
  18. I think it's a great idea, and the website looks just fine to me! I'm a fan of your thoughts, so I'll be reading.
  19. We read one chapter a week of SOTW for 4 plus years. I always ordered picture books from the library to go along with each chapter (1-lots, depending on the topic and what was available.) There was never a plan other than read a chapter a week and complete the maps. Lots of times we read a few picture books, too, or sometimes the kids read books on their own. My plan was just always to have books available, so I never assigned any independent reading. I sometimes read a chapter book out loud that went along with the time period. When the oldest was in 4th, we read 2 or so time period chapter/ literature books together History has always been loved in our house. I admit that I enjoy it, so my enthusiasm shows. My opinion is to have fun and read to your kids at this age, maybe do some projects, too. Exposure to the past is really all that's needed at this age. We're finishing up ancients again (end of 5th grade and not SOTW), and this is the first year my 11yr old has had assigned history readings (I still read aloud the core text.) I'm so glad I waited until he was older to do that! He enjoys reading about history on his own now because he has 4 years of hearing engaging stories about the past. He's genuinely interested in learning more!
  20. Bummer. That's not how it used to work for me. In fact, I never had to click the dot. Somehow "it" just remembered where I left off reading in every single post. No matter what. I can't be the only one who experienced that. Kinda frustrating now...
  21. This worked, but then I left a thread without reading all the replies and went back and the big dot isn't displayed anymore. The thread starts at the beginning again. More ideas? I'm reading on my phone....
  22. I'm reading on my phone (and usually do.) It used to be that if I clicked on a thread I had already started reading earlier, my phone always scrolled ahead to the last post I previously read in the thread. Now when I click on a previously read thread, it starts at the beginning. Any suggestions?
  23. I agree! The articles, although expressing their beliefs, are also trying to sell their curriculum to a specific audience of homeschoolers who want to make sure they get it "right." If they just use this, their kids will magically be well rounded and perfectly educated. I read the first article and was struck by the tone more than anything. It was one of the most fear driven articles I have ever read from their magazine. It was almost like they purposely tried to tap into the fear of some homeschoolers in order to sell more products, using the current cultural tone to advance their agenda.
  24. Been there, though not at middle school level. I tried to keep our routines as normal as possible, and I kept up with schoolwork as much as we could. Honestly, doing normal things helped me not focus on how not normal it was to have a sick child. It also helped our sick child and not sick child feel secure and not scared during the whole process. We just looked at it like, "ok, ds has this illness, and we have to go to appointments, stay in the hospital, and take medicine to get rid of the illness, but we'll make it work. Now let's do math." But again, we faced a very long road (years of treatment), and I'm not sure I'd have taken the same approach for a short term illness, especially if it was serious. But, I think routines make children feel safe and secure, so I'm sure I would have continued with life as close to normal as I could, especially for my ds who wasn't sick. I'm sorry you're dealing with this. It is very stressful. Maybe this helps a little?
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